Justin Timberlake wasn't just singing and dancing with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling on "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a teenager ... it turns out he had a lot more going on than we knew about!
The Scripps National Spelling Bee has released a new photo of a 14-year-old Justin competing in the 1995 Memphis Commercial Appeal Spelling Bee. Sadly, he didn't win the big prize and, according to Scripps, was eliminated after misspelling the word "wharf." The spelling bee wasn't the only thing the "Mirrors" singer had going on back in the day. He was also the president of the Beta club, a winner of local and national talent competitions, and a basketball player.
OK, so he might not have won, but judging by his million-dollar smile and cute collared shirt, he didn't seem to mind! So what was the winning word in 1995? Emerald — which seems pretty simple compared with this year's. On Thursday, Arvind Mahankali, 13, took home the title for correctly spelling "knaidel." Whew, now that's a toughie!
While Arvind might have a leg up when it comes to his spelling skills, young Justin was clearly more focused on making it big in showbiz — and it's easy to see why!
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